Developing Primary Mathematics Teaching: Reflecting on Practice with the Knowledge Quartet

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Overview

This book helps readers to become better, more confident teachers of mathematics by enabling them to focus critically on what they do in the classroom. Building on their close observation of primary mathematics classrooms, the authors provide both beginning and more experienced teachers with a four-part framework as a tool to support the development of their teaching:

• making sense of foundation knowledge - focusing on what teachers know and believe about mathematics and mathematics teaching;

• transforming knowledge - representing mathematics to learners through examples, analogies, illustrations and demonstrations;

• connection - helping learners to make sense of mathematics through understanding how ideas and concepts are linked to each other;

• contingency - what to do when the unexpected happens.

The focus throughout is on teaching in action. Each chapter includes lesson descriptions and extracts of classroom transcripts to help teachers reflect on these lessons, and on their own teaching. Extracts from some of these lesson are available as videos on the book's website.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412948470
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/18/2009
  • Edition description: Book and CD Rom
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures vi

List of tables ix

Index of teachers and lessons x

Acknowledgements xiv

Introduction xv

1 Inside Naomi's classroom 1

2 Knowledge for teaching mathematics: introducing the Knowledge Quartet framework 18

3 Transformation: using and understanding representations in mathematics teaching 41

4 Transformation: using examples in mathematics teaching 67

5 Making connections in mathematics teaching 101

6 Contingency: tales of the unexpected! 125

7 Foundation knowledge for teaching mathematics 152

8 Using the Knowledge Quartet to reflect on mathematics teaching 196

References 226

Index 231

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